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About Founding Era Publications: Tagging Project

The Gilder Lehrman Institute invites you to help us tag Founding Era publications in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Without radio, telephones, or the internet, this is how most information in the world was shared. On this site, we have selected newspapers, pamphlets, broadsides, magazines, and journals from the Gilder Lehrman Collection dated between 1770 and 1807. Publications at this time were important for announcements, advertisements, news, events, and literature. They are sources of unique information about the Founding Era that we cannot find elsewhere.  

Tagging is a great way to get involved with making primary sources more accessible and inclusive. Through tags, you can identify people, events, terms, and topics in articles, news items, announcements, advertisements, and literary works and bring to light unknown stories and help researchers find those stories.

This project is currently in the beta testing phase. We have created a Tagging Beta Test Feedback form to collect responses and suggestions on any improvements that the website could use.

How to participate

  • All tags are welcome! We are looking for tags that document the stories of lives in the eighteenth century.
  • No log-in is required so feel free to visit the browse projects page to get started.
  • Choose an issue of a newspaper to focus on.
  • Review the text (articles, essays, advertisements, news items, etc.) for any topics of interest.
  • Assign tags for events, places, topics, people that convey the context for the item. See the Suggested Tags page for instructions and the How to Tag page to learn how to navigate the project and recognize unique parts of eighteenth-century text such as The Long S.
  • For any questions please contact us at



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